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A Year of Yes: I got into the Biomimicry Program at Arizona State University

I am beyond ecstatic to share the news that I was accepted into the Masters of Science in Biomimicry at Arizona State University. And the circumstances in which I learned the news have given me so much hope.

Friday was a difficult day for me. As I sat in my meditation trying to restore some peace in my heart, the phrase “send some magic” kept coming into my mind. I finished my meditation and did some work on my monthly newsletter. Then I logged into my email, and saw that magic had found me in the form of my acceptance letter to ASU. I have been touching base with ASU for the past few months, and learned a few weeks ago that they received an overwhelming number of applications. Because of that, I had been preparing myself to not get into the program.

Friends, after years and years of wishing, I’m going to be a scientist. I’m going to learn from nature how to build a better world for all of us, one that is sustainable and values all beings. I can’t wait to get started on January 7th. The program is entirely online so I can stay right here in my beloved New York City. It’s also purposely designed for working professionals and must be done part-time so I’ll keep my job as well.

Curious about biomimicry? Check out Biomimcry 3.8 to read some inspiring case studies of nature at work.

 

A Year of Yes: Reflecting on a painful anniversary

Every year I expect December 1st to get easier, and it doesn’t. Today is the 26th anniversary of my father’s passing. Over this many years I have released a lot of the anger, and have found a way to wish him the peace he couldn’t seem to find here, wherever he resides now. There’s some grace in that forgiveness, some healing.

This day will never be painless. It will ache, sometimes uncontrollably, and I must make room for that. It will always be unresolved and unfinished. It will always be hard. And maybe it should be. Maybe it needs to be. Like it or not, it’s an annual reminder to me that we are not infinite on this plane and in this form. Our time is precious, irreplaceable, and so it is to be treasured and valued by us and by those we welcome into our lives. Our time is a gift we give and receive constantly. It will be used no matter what, and so our job is to make sure it’s put to use in the best way possible.

I hope today and every day that your hours are filled with the people and things you love.

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